Three minutes from the M74 in Moffat, you’ll find a spectacular exhibition and cultural gathering which launches this weekend – Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May.
Professor Richard Demarco CBE formally opens PATHS, a suite of 12 photographs taken by Jennifer Gough-Cooper at Little Sparta, the garden created by Scottish poet, Ian Hamilton Finlay. The black and white photographs will be on show till 12 July at the Moffat Gallery.
When Jennifer first set eyes on Little Sparta in Dunsyre in the late 1950s, it had a solitary tree and Ian’s wife Sue had started to shape a small garden near the house. Ian had created a lochan by damming streams from the moor and had a tiny boat which he used to sail across the water with his children.
After she had taken early morning pictures and was looking at them with Ian, Jennifer said she’d been struck by the variety of paths in the garden. Immediately, Ian invited her to collaborate in an exhibition with him at Kloster Schoenthal in Switzerland. Out of that came a book PATHS published by Wild Hawthorn Press.
Another part of the Moffat Book Events – entitled ‘Beyond the Garden Gate,’ will be a symposium on Saturday 26 May at 2pm in the Town Hall at Moffat, asking: ‘What are gardens for?’ Anna Pavord, author of the book ‘The Tulip’; Richard Wheeler, National Trust garden history specialist; Janet Wheatcroft of Craigieburn Garden and photographer and author Jennifer will all be fielding questions from the audience.
On Sunday 27 May at 11am in Craigieburn Garden, Moffat, Jennifer and Richard will be discussing KIRSTENBOSCH – Jennifer’s black and white photographs of Kirstenbosch, South Africa’s National Botanical Gardens. Those images formed the inaugural art exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and will be shown in Moffat in Craigieburn Café and Gallery launching on Saturday 26 May through till Wednesday 27 June but note the premises are closed on Mondays.
Jennifer’s latest book, has a multitude of colour photographs and is entitled ‘Origins – song of Nooitgedacht, a remote valley in the Karoo’. Recently published in Cape Town to great acclaim, this work of art depicting the beauty of South Africa, will be available in Moffat. For a visual feast, fine conversation and beautiful books, Moffat is the place to be this weekend.
Battlefield Community Project is holding a planning meeting on Sunday 7 March at the site of the community garden at the corner of Ledard Road and Arundel Drive. The meeting starts at 1pm and everyone from the community is welcome to attend and contribute ideas for the development of the site. Proposals include vegetable planting, flowers, shrubs and a community composting project. The group has managed to secure funding towards the project from O2 and is currently awaiting conformation of further funding from another source.
Other plans for this year include another family day on Sunday 18 July, with entertainment, stalls and food.
Southside parents are invited to an open day at the newly-launched Little Einstein’s kindergarten in Nithsdale Road, Pollokshield, on Saturday, October 31, between 10.00am and 1.30pm.
Nithsdale House Nursery provides a first-class early learning experience for children from shortly after birth until they are ready for the first days of primary school.
The new facility – the latest in a thriving business with four premises in Tayside and two in Glasgow – has created 20 jobs for a team of qualified and professional carers.
Nithsdale House expands and enhances Little Einstein’s offering of the Hillside Crèche and the Hillside Clubhouse in Mansewood in Glasgow, which meet increasing levels of demand from parents in the surrounding area and beyond.
The new facility, at the corner of Nithsdale Road and Shields Road, provides parents with a safe, secure and nurturing environment where children can progress through the early stages of personal development.
For all 52 weeks of the year, it offers four huge and comprehensively equipped learning areas where children of different ages will be cared for by staff in ratios as intensive as one nursery professional to every three children.
Children also have frequent access to a pleasant and secure outdoor garden area and they are further stimulated by outings to the local community.
Nithsdale House’s cook provides healthy nutritious meals and snacks to cater for all dietary and cultural requirements.
Nithsdale House’s Nursery Manager, Leighann Bain, said: ‘We seek to build a strong and effective working relationship with parents so that they can be satisfied that their child is happy, safe and well-stimulated at all times.
‘We aim to provide an environment in which each child can grow and develop at its own pace and where staff plan responsively to children’s needs to ensure that learning is of the best possible value to children as individuals.’